December 19, 2006 08:49 ET


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 19, 2006) - Amicus the union for the not for profit sector will today tell charities to remember their staff at Christmas.

According to a survey of 350 charity workers conducted by Amicus 60% of the respondents felt unable to balance their work with other activities they would rather spend doing. While 45% say that they are unable to spend enough time with their spouse/partner due to their workloads.

The survey also found that 56% of respondents work more than 36hours a week with a 1/3 of staff reporting that they felt pressured to work long hours.

Christmas is a time when charitable work comes into focus but employees working in the Community and Non profit sector are often so dedicated to the campaigns and services they work on, that they sacrifice their time and health to get the job done.

The community and not for profit sector is notorious for stress caused by long hours, poor funding and resources as well as short term contracts. Amicus union is calling on the non profit sector end the long hours culture through better management and cutting bureaucracy.

Improving work life balance in the sector will benefit staff morale and loyalty, increase productivity and staff retention as well as reducing absenteeism, sickness and stress.

99% of respondents think that having a good work-life balance improves their general well being and 85% felt improving their work-life balance would reduce their stress levels.

Amicus National Officer, Rachael Maskell says,

"This Christmas dedicated non profit employees will be working excessive hours, sometimes sacrificing their time and their health to help others.

Amicus is calling on non profit employers to remember their staff this Christmas and to make a new years resolution to end the long hours culture in the not for profit sector in 2007.

In 2007 Amicus will be working to ensure management understand the positive impact that a flexible work-life balance can have on their workforce."

Notes to Editors: A full copy of the Amicus Community and Not for Profit sector work life balance survey is available on request. Or visit

Contact Information

  • Amicus Press Office
    Ciaran Naidoo
    07768 931 315
    Rachael Maskell
    07768 693 933